The 29th Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Was Spooktacular!


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The annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade attracts over 300 creatively-dressed dogs (Credit: James and Karla Murray Photography)

Halloween dog parades, where pooches get to strut around in fun costumes, are a fairly common occurrence during this time of the year. However, very few compare to New York City's Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, the largest and most popular gathering of its kind. The annual event attracts over 300 pooches and their proud owners, who often dress in coordinated outfits to help their furry, four-legged friends win the coveted Best in Show title.

Little Red Riding Hood" was accompanied by the "Big Bad Wolf" (Credit: James and Karla Murray )

Now celebrating its 29th year, the 2019 competition took place at the East River Park Amphitheater on Sunday, October 20. Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the gloomy weather and light rain to admire the pooches masquerading as politicians, celebrities, fictional book and movie characters, popular foods, and even other animals. Among the most notable were two pooches dressed as Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Their owners joined in the fun by dressing up as popular muppets, Bert and Ernie.

A pooch dressed as American rapper Snoop Dogg was a crowd favorite (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

A four-legged "Snoop Dogg" also made an appearance, complete with the namesake American rapper's iconic gold chain, bandana, and sunglasses. An innocent-looking pooch dressed as Little Red Riding Hood had a fierce "Big Bad Wolf" in tow, while "Toto" was accompanied by his human Wizard of Oz family. A Doberman pinscher "skeleton" and an adorable beagle mix "Jack the Nipper" added to the Halloween spookiness.

Two Yorkshire Terriers masquerading as Snoopy and the Red Baron won 2019 Best in Show (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

The prestigious 2019 Best of Show title, which came with a $500 gift card to Petco, went to two Yorkshire Terriers dressed as the protagonists from Charles Schulz's bestselling graphic novel Snoopy and the Red Baron. The elaborate costume included a doghouse and a model World War I biplane, which took the owner over a month to build.

Second-place winner "Ramen bowl" and his chef (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

A Jack Russell Terrier dressed as a bowl of ramen and his "chef" owner were awarded second place and a $250 gift card to Petco, while a pooch and its owners, portraying characters from the 2019 folk horror movie Midsommar, placed third. Regardless of whether or not they won, the pooches and their owners all had a great time showing off their costumes to the cheering crowds.

A couple and their pooch depicting characters from "Midsommar" won third place (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

Do you plan to dress up your furry four-legged friend this Halloween? If so, be sure to let us know what he/she is going as, by adding your comments below.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

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  • jamesianjustin
    jamesianjustinThursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:20 pm
    These are nice dogs in New York and I wish I was in New York.
    • ashleighlove
      ashleighloveThursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:25 pm
      so cute i love it
      • ashleighlove
        ashleighloveThursday, October 8, 2020 at 12:21 pm
        so cute
        • twoface
          twofaceThursday, October 8, 2020 at 8:21 am
          I loved the circus one.
          • robloxmaster
            robloxmasterWednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2:26 pm
            • zztrooo
              zztroooWednesday, October 7, 2020 at 11:24 am
              SO CUTE
              • suleha
                sulehaThursday, September 24, 2020 at 9:28 am
                i went there with my dog once! i dressed him up as woody!
                • kaliyah
                  kaliyahTuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:59 pm
                  OMG #AMAZINGLYCUTE
                  • wolfieland
                    wolfielandSunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59 am
                    omg so cute! may fav is probblly the jack russel in ramen bc i luv ramen and it looks cute follow and like if u agree!
                    • lovebooks123
                      lovebooks123Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:45 am
                      That was the cutest thing I've ever saw